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Encourage one another

Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

Dear Friends of All Saints and St Mary's

Sharing a message to go out with our weekly email can either come easily, or be more elusive. When stuck, it helps to ask, Whose voice or voices have stood out this week? Where are those people situated? What are they saying, and how might they be God’s messengers?

Three have caught my attention.

1) St.. Paul The words of Paul the apostle to the early Christians in Thessalonica (Sunday's 2nd reading) - stand out as a voice worth hearing in this week's world.

Beloved, you are not in darkness, for you are all children of light. Since we belong to the day, let us keep awake and be sober. Let us put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. Our Lord Jesus Christ, died for us, so that we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

2) Canon Richard Sewell This morning BBC Radio 4 Today programme listeners heard a sober voice of courage from a dark place–Canon Richard Sewell speaking about the dangerous situation at the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza. Founded as a Christian mission in 1882, it has been run by the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem since 1982. Their mission, as Canon Richard explained, is the ministry of Jesus Christ in treating the poorest, the most disadvantaged in a very poor country. We do not get involved in politics and rely entirely on international donations. We need power, we need supplies and we need open access for people who are in desperate need who are suffering. May God help, protect and resource them swiftly. More info here .


SERVICES THIS SUNDAY 19th NOVEMBER 2023 Readings: Zephaniah 1:7,12-18; 1Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

10:00

St Marys

Sung ​Holy Communion

10:30

All Saints

Holy Communion with Hymns

SERVICES AND EVENTS IN THE WEEK AHEAD

Mon 20th Nov

10:30

All Saints

Tiny Tots

Tues 21st Nov

10:30

St. Mary's

Music For Toddlers

Weds 22d Nov

09:00

Celtic Prayers

Thurs 23rd Nov

10:00

St. Mary's

Holy Communion

Sat 25th Nov

08:30

St. Mary's

Family Breakfasts

12:00

St. Mary's

Saturday Lunches

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY 26th NOVEMBER 2023 Christ the King Sunday

8.00

All Saints

Said Holy Communion

10:00

St Marys

Sung Holy Communion

10:30

All Saints

Cafe Church: Christ the King

16:30

All Saints

Christingle Service

LOOKING AHEAD

Advent Bible Study


Please see the posters for Advent groups this year. Tuesday Evening (7.30-9pm) and Wednesday (2-3.30pm) Starts week of 28th/29th November. Please speak to Revd Diane, Kester or Lizzie for information.











(Continued from above)

Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.


3) The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally


Another voice of faith echoing St.Paul's sentiments this week was that of the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, in her closing speech at General Synod. She encouraged the church, despite differences, to keep on 'seeking understanding of one another, of our faith tradition in the spirit of openness and deep mutual respect'. She illustrated this attitude with a beautiful quote from Cole Arthur Riley's book This Here Flesh: To be able to marvel at the face of our neighbour with the same awe we have for the mountain top and the sunlight reflecting, this manner of vision is what will keep us from destroying each other. The Bishop of London concluded, 'Let us choose not to destroy one another, but truly to encounter one another to dare to see God's image in each other, to embrace each other without judgement, to rejoice in the gift of one another's different understanding, to be one body, however messy, and by doing this know that God is in this place.'

May Bishop Sarah's words inspire prayer and action for the healing of distress far and near, including that faced by residents of Barton House in neighbouring Barton Hill and all supporting them to find new accommodation after their evacuation for safety.

Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

Every blessing, Revd Diane (curate)


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